until 09.06. | #2026ARTatBerlin | Galerie Judin presents from 27th April 2018 the exhibition “An Old Story for Our Modern Times” by the artist Edouard Baribeaud. It is the third solo exhibition by Edouard Baribeaud at Galerie Judin.
Following extensive travels through India, the German-Frenchman has recently made adventurous expeditions into distant, enchanted landscapes of longing into the picture. These can only be found in the paintings and watercolors of his latest work An Old Story for Our Modern Times (2017). Instead, enigmatic interiors and subtle portraits, rooted in European art and cultural history, were created. But although the artist no longer leads us through sensational outdoor spaces, his latest compositions have by no means lost their suspense and mystique. Because the view of the unknown has changed Baribeaud’s view of the known. He himself speaks of a rediscovery and remythmentation.
The ten elaborately executed paintings and watercolors of the series all go back to Greco-Roman mythology. With his works Baribeaud u. a. the legends of Medusa, Odysseus, Narcissus and Penthesilea in the present – and entwined them with modern art historical references, including the Viennese Art Nouveau or the New Objectivity. The return to artistic movements of the early 20th century has Baribeaud also cancel the otherwise too strict separation of visual and applied art: he has embroidered the edge of two canvases with glass beads and decorated two watercolors with gold leaf and silver.
With his most recent group of works Baribeaud has created no mere contemporary illustrations of Greco-Roman mythology. Rather, he uses traditional narrative means to create effective stages and projection screens. On top of them, the artist brings together figures of the present, who experience dramas that have been going on for centuries. It is about character richness, about interpersonal relationships, about the individual and his place in society, about loneliness, life and death. The heroic stories behind may come from antiquity – but the dramas could not be more contemporary.
Edouard Baribeaud was born in 1984 in Versailles. He studied at the École National Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. This year, not only his first monograph (by Hatje Cantz), but also a Hermès cloth designed by him will appear. The artist lives and works in Berlin.
Vernissage: Friday, April 27, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Exhibition period: Friday, April 27 to Saturday, June 9, 2018Zur Galerie Judin
Image caption: Edouard Baribeaud, Minotaur, 2018 / Courtesy the artist and Galerie Judin,
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